Baseball: Texas Sweeps Oral Roberts

Texas has series victories over Stanford and Washington State, but got its first series sweep of the 2007 season with a 5-1 win over Oral Roberts on Sunday.

Texas (12-6) swept Oral Roberts (4-8) with a 5-1 win on Sunday and the significance of the Longhorns' first sweep of the season was not lost on head coach Augie Garrido.

"It's important to win all three games on a weekend because to win the Big 12 conference, you're going to have to do that about five out of the eight series," said Garrido.

Texas fell behind 1-0 in the top of the 3rd on an RBI single from Oral Roberts' third baseman Marcus Tackett, but it would be the Golden Eagles' last run of the game. In the bottom end of the third, Texas tied it up at one run apiece on a sacrifice from catcher Preston Clark.

The game remained tied until the bottom of the 5th, when Josh Prince gave Texas two runs off a double and broke what had been a low scoring game open. Garrido said it was a very difficult game for Texas to get runs.

"This was a tough game. In the fourth inning we played perfect, couldn't have played any better, and we walked off the field with no runs," said Garrido. "We left 16 runners on base and you say, ‘wow, what a poor performance!' That wasn't it. The ball went right at somebody every time. We won seven of the eight (full) innings and only came away with five runs. It was just a really, really difficult, but we stuck with it."

With runs being difficult to come by, the performance of the Longhorn pitchers became the key and starter Austin Wood (2-0) did not disappoint. The sophomore left-hander gave up one run on four hits in seven innings pitched while striking out four in the win.

"I actually started feeling better as the game went on," Wood told Inside Texas. "Started off, I was really pumped up about everything and it took me a moment to realize I needed to calm down and stay within myself. Our offense, we know they're going to get runs, so we (the pitchers) just need to throw strikes."

Since so many runners were left on base, Garrido was very thankful of Wood's solid performance.

"He was very good. He was very aggressive. He was attacking the strike zone with all three of his pitches," said Garrido. "Thank the Lord."

Texas scored another in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single from Nick Peoples (on a play where Peoples was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double) and another in the 7th a wild pitch brought home Prince for Texas' final run of the game.

The Horns led 5-1, but were in a jam in the top of the eighth, as Oral Roberts had loaded to bases on the Longhorns. But Texas pitching coach Skip Johnson signaled for sophomore submariner Keith Shinaberry to come in and the left-hander got the final out of the inning, putting another zero up on the board for the Golden Eagles. Garrido said after a lackluster third game against Washington State last week, his team is finally ready for conference play.

"I think we really passed the test today," said Garrido.

Texas travels to Corpus Christi on Tuesday for a 4:00 p.m. game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and then returns home for a three game set against Miami of Ohio on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. First pitch at the Disch on Friday is at 6:05 p.m.

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